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Harvey Haddix
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Baseball Player
    (September 18, 1925-January 8, 1994)
    Pitcher for St. Louis Cardinals (1952-56), Philadelphia Phillies (1956-57), Cincinnati Reds (1958), Pittsburgh Pirates (1959-63) and Baltimore Orioles (1964-65)
    Three-time All-star (1953-55)
    Three-time Gold Glove recipient (1958-60)
    Threw 12 perfect innings against the Boston Braves before losing the game in the 13th inning (May 26, 1959)
    His nickname was 'Kitten'
    He lost the only game he is remembered for pitching.
    He hated talking about his 'near-perfect' game since he never considered it anything more than a loss.
    He is the only pitcher ever to pitch more than nine perfect innings in a single baseball game (although Pedro Martinez took a perfect game into the tenth, giving up a lead-off hit (June 3, 1995).
    His bid for a perfect game ended on a throwing error committed by the Pirates' third baseman to lead off the 13th inning, allowing Boston's Felix Mantilla to reach first.
    His bid for a no-hitter continued on a sacrifice bunt by Eddie Mathews and an intentional walk to Hank Aaron, before Joe Adcock hit an apparent three-run home run.
    Since Aaron ran off the field without touching second base, he was called out and the home run became a one-run double.
    After the game, Braves pitcher Lew Burdette told Haddix, 'you pitched the greatest game that's ever been pitched in the history of baseball. It was a damned shame you had to lose.'
    He was left-handed.

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